Pete Alex Harris


Geographically, I've lived in Scotland for most of my life, and I've lived in books for nearly as long. I think being a writer is the first job I remember wanting to do. Economically, that has always been very unlikely, and I've made a living as various kinds of computer programmer and software engineer.

I write mostly for fun; let nobody pretend that writing isn't about the most fun you can have for about the least physical danger (in a free country anyway). It would also be cool to be a volcanologist, I suppose, but the odds aren't as good.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the first story I ever read was "The Big Red Lorry". The main impact it had was I learned to read.

The first paperback I read was probably Isaac Asimov's short story collection "Buy Jupiter and Other Stories"; that or Harry Harrison's "The Stainless Steel Rat Saves The World"
How do you approach cover design?
With fear and hope and self-doubt and creative-commons-licensed art.
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Where to find Pete Alex Harris online


The books set in the same world as The Silk Mind
The Silk Mind
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The Source of Fire
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,380. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Calnor Dale is being reluctantly pushed into a decades-long intrigue planned by the disOrder of Adjustment, but he wants to settle into a quiet life, and make new friends. But in the face of injustice, a quiet life is a complicit life: he has to help his new friends. When his careful plans go wrong and his court-mandated corrective implant is removed, Calnor's past self, Joreth, regains control.
Mix-tapes for My Friends, Duct Tape for My Enemies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,130. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An escape through the frozen ruins of Amsterdam; an inconveniently worded wish; warfare both magical and informational; romantic crushes, demons, ghosts and a lamentable lack of both cutlery and propriety. 15 stories, some brighter, some darker.
Silk and Sharp Edges
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,380. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Fifteen short stories of fantasy, gentle horror, humour, weird SF. A murder investigated by a ghost researcher, a troublesome goat, an infinite garden, a lighthouse lashed by a magical storm, and more.
The Source of Fire
Series: Atlar. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,840. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The young explorer Jens Anders takes along his long-suffering childhood friend, Alun and a mysterious translator, Aena, half way across the world to find a wonder, so he can make a name for himself by presenting it to the genius Empress Celandine. He does find a wonder, and takes it, but a terror follows behind. The Source of Fire is the sequel to The Silk Mind.
You set the price! Words: 64,930. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Miasma is a colony world, isolated from the rest of the human galactic expansion. Lanton the packet runner, Emi the librarian, and Mokan the scientist are each dissatisfied with their lives in different ways. Curiosity, thwarted passion, and dangerous ambition ultimately lead them to a sinister explanation for what the Miasma colony really is.
The Silk Mind
Series: Atlar. You set the price! Words: 56,610. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Ashlin Smith is incredibly bored with his job as supervisor of the Royal Badger Survey. He wants nothing more than to quit and go back to being a blacksmith like the rest of his family wanted. However, due to politics, prophecy, and an inexplicable plot set in motion decades before, his job is about to become a lot more interesting, and not in a good way.

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